Some say cell phones and technology make people less social, but the East Buntyn neighborhood says they are connected better than ever thanks to a new app.
"Next Door has really helped us connect with each other and bridge some of those gaps," says East Buntyn resident Verlinda Henning, "It's one concise way to share many different types of information. We used to do a neighborhood newsletter that involved walking around to 500 homes and folding a piece of paper and stuffing it in your door."
Missing pets, borrowing lawn equipment, selling furniture, listing neighborhood yard sales: Henning says there is practically no limit to the information they share. Neighbors' favorite feature is sending urgent alerts about criminal activity.
"If there's been a break in at someone's home or maybe a theft, like a lawn mower, or maybe just someone who seems suspicious, prowling, we can pop that up there and say ‘Hey neighbors! This just happened on our street,'" says Henning.
The free app allows only residents in that particular neighborhood to see residents' posts. Henning adds, "You feel secure that these are our neighbors and we can share this information freely."
Henning, who is a part of the East Buntyn Neighborhood Association, says she recommends the Next Door app for any neighborhood, saying it's cost saving and a way to bring neighbors together.